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Many of us grew up with warnings about brushing our teeth to avoid cavities. And preventing cavities is important, however, we also need to be on guard against plaque and tartar.

No matter how often we brush and use mouthwash, plaque is always forming in our mouths. As distasteful as it sounds, all of us have this layer of bacteria in on our teeth. It can be controlled by brushing and flossing, and by regular visits to your dentist for cleanings. However, if left unchecked, plaque will lead to gum disease and tooth loss. As your gums recede, the plaque begins to form in the area under your gums, and that can’t be removed by regular brushing. To attack that build-up, your dentist may use a technique called root scaling and planing. When the dentist scales your teeth, he will use an instrument to scrape away the plaque and tartar on your teeth and under your gums. After the plaque and tartar have been removed, the dentist will smooth out the roots of your teeth so that those roots can re-attach themselves to your gums. This process may take two visits, and a local anesthetic may be needed.

Regular visits to your dentist, and proper brushing and flossing will help keep plaque under control and keep your teeth and gums healthy. While plaque is always forming on your teeth, you don’t have to let it get a foothold in your mouth.

If it is time for your regular exam and cleaning, our dentists, Dr. Jason Larsen and Dr. Jean Larsen at Parkside Dental in Murphy, Texas would be happy to see you. Contact our office today at 972-535-8376 to schedule an appointment, and let’s get started on your healthy smile.